The gold medal match for beach volleyball features Team U.S.A. against TEAM U.S.A!
If you tune in right now you'll see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh versus Jen Kessy and April Ross in a match to determine who gets the gold. Spoiler alert: An American wins. GRAB SOME DORITOS AND PLANT YOUR BUTT IN FRONT OF A SCREEN, ITS AN TEAM U.S.A. SHOWDOWN, BOYS AN' GIRLS.
May-Treanor and Walsh took their third straight gold in two sets in what ended up being a very anticlimactic showdown. Congrats, ladies!
Today didn't get off to a great start, as the nation now mourns the death of Rafalca's Olympic dream in dressage. But then things took a turn for the inspirational (as well as iconic) after Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang finished his race on one leg after injuring his achilles on the first hurdle.
Over the last sixty years gymnastics has seen massive changes in equipment, and some of the most drastic changes have been on the vault. The goal now is not so much as to get over the vault as it is to use it as a means to propel yourself off of it. Springboards have gotten more effective, and the new design of the vault (also called 'The Table) creates more surface area for a safer, springier vault.
Gymnastics has gotten more extreme, but that is largely due to more sophisticated apparatuses, a smaller focus on dance elements, and a greater emphasis on tumbling technique.